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About Vava'u

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About Vava'u

Tonga has 3 main island groups and the Vava’u group is situated 275km north of the capital Nuku’alofa.  Nuku’alofa is located on the main island of Tongatapu and it is approximately an hours flight away.  The Kingdom of Tonga is the first Country in the World to see the dawn of every new day.  Named the “Friendly Islands’ by Captain James Cook in 1773, the Kingdom of Tonga is made up by 177 Islands.

There is plenty to see and do here all year round with the peak season (when whales are here calving and mating) being late June – early November.

Temperatures are moderate ranging between 18C and 25C during a Tongan winter.  The hot season in Vava’u begins late November and temperatures range between 24C and 36C.  Easterly trade winds blow 80% of the year with an average of 15 knots.

The majority of the Vava’u population of 14,000 is based on the main Island, in and around the Neiafu harbour.  Like everyone in Tonga the people are friendly and have a great relaxed attitude. The peoples of the outer Islands live on sustenance fishing and farming.

Neiafu Harbour is the commercial hub of Vava’u accommodates 3 banks, motels, backpackers, bars and several restaurants, pharmacy, local handicrafts and other amenities.  The fresh fruit and produce market is a hive of activity on Saturday mornings.

There are 50 Islands in the group of Vavau with less than 15 being inhabited.   Vava’u is the most popular island group in Tonga to enjoy activities including Whale watching, Sailing, Kiteboarding, Fishing, Diving, Bird watching, Cultural and Land based tours – we are happy to assist in booking these activities for you.

However long you spend in Tonga, Vava’u promises to make your vacation something to remember.

Temperature – Generally Mounu , like all of Tonga is warm and pleasant.  July – November 23 – 25C.  December – June 28-36C.  Our wet season is from January – March.

Clothing – We recommend casual and travel light.  If wanting to visit one of the Churches you will require smart attire that covers your shoulders and knees.

Visa’s and Health – Check with your local Country regarding Visa requirements for the Kingdom.

Humpback Whales – Whales inhabit our waters from late June – early November – our Winter months.

Crawlies – Insects and bugs inhabit the Island but none of these are poisonous and we maintain a spraying programme to keep mosquito’s away.

Airlines – International Flights: Air New Zealand, Virgin Australia and Air Pacific all have direct flights into Nuku’alofa the Capital.
Domestic Flights:  Real Tonga operate the domestic leg from Nuku’alofa to Vava’u. There are 2 flights a daily except Sunday where there are no flights.